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Songs Of Michigan Always Popular


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"Michigan Drinking Song," "Yale
Boola" And Many Others Received
Ovations In History,
EDITOR',S NOTE: This is the secondl
of a series of weekly articles toIhe pre-
sented by The Daily on the Hlistory ofI
Michigan Music and the Union Operas.j
The inateial for these articles was
compiled by lMrs. Minnie \Iaes Poot,I
manager of the Michigan Mnsic Shop
in the Arcade, who has for yecars fostered
Michigan spirit in the work which she isI
done, unaided, for the permanence of itsI
Staggering directly on the heels of'
the Victors, came the Michigan Drink-
ing Song, written by Charles D.'
Kountz in 1904.It wasCintroduced
by Harlan P. Bliggs and published
by the Root Music House. It made
a great impression with the Detroit,
alumni and with the glee clubs. Man-
chester, which at the time of its pro-
duction, enjoyed a huge sale, never
became one of Michigan's standard
songs and is now officially dead and
entirely out of print.
"Men of Yost," composed by the
versatile Mr. Kountz, was published}
the year that Willie Heston was ca-
vorting on the gridiron and gathering
wreaths of fame by his meteoric play.
Men of Yost, as might be expected,
was dedicated to Fielding H. Yost who
had then entered upon his career as
football coach. Coach Yost became
so enthused over the songs that were
being produced about this time that
he visited the Root music house once
a week with a sizable portion of the
football team around him, and asked
to have "Yale Boola," "Men of Yost,"
"Michigan Drinking Song," and others
played for him. On more than one
occasion Sousa's baud has used this
march, "Men of Yost," and received
a remarkable ovation. The song was
phenomenal in its success. Peihaps
Kountz should not be given all the
credit. A loyal friend of his, M. B.
Cooper by name, was instrumental
in arranging the numbers produced
by Mr. Kountz and was given credit
for the composition.
Denand More Songs
About the year 1904 there began to
be a demand for a better collection
of songs. Franklin Allan Wagner, out
of theabundance of his heart and
his love for Michigan, purchased 'the
first song book from Sheehan's for the
Hinds, Noble, and Eldridge company,
publishers, of New York City. This
house later compiled a much langer
edition which was divided into three
groups: "Michigan Songs of Loyalty
and Sentiment," "Michigan Comic
Songs," and "Michigan Rooting Songs
and Yells." This book was sold and
sold and sold! The whole student
body became intimately acquainted


with it, and the glee clubs on the the air of the "Pirate's Chorus." It is
campus worshipped it as their new- sung by a group of students formed
found handbook. The collection, in the proverbial block "M" in the
bound in dark blue with gold letter- stands, it is sung by loyal alumni
ing, continued most of the songs of and by those who are loyal in spi~te
the first song "book,"together with of thenselves! It has a slower tine
many of the newer selections which than the Victors, fitted for a song of
made it a complete "College Song sentiment. In every breath there is
Book." Some of the finer songs in this the spirit of Michigan: Here's to the
collection were the "Yellow and the college whose colors we wear, Here's
Blue" and "Laudes Atqua Carmine," to the hearts that are true!"
by Charles M. Gayley, '78; "Alma Ma- Interest in college music continued
ter Mine" and "Under the Tappan to grow and in the year 1908 Roy
Oak," b7- Fred N. Scott, '84; "In Praise Dickinson Welch, a student at the
of Michigan," by Heibert M. Rich, University of Michigan, wrote the mu-
'97; and "Rah! Rah!" by Charles M. sic and lyrics for the opera "Michi-
Gayley and Fred N. Scott, co-authors. genda." The book was the product
The music for all of these songs was of the pen of Donal Hamilton Haines,
written by Dr. A. A. Stanley, founder who was also a student at the time.
of the University School of Music and Roy Dickinson Welch has since be-
for years head of the University music come head of the music department
department, and were made the first at Smith college, and Donal Hamilton
original tunes written for the Uni- Haines is a well-known writer of
versity of Michigan. fiction and a member of the faculty
Senior Songs Popular of the University of Michigan journal-
The Tappan Oak and later the steps ism department.
of Alumni Memorial Hall were used First Opera Wins Favor
as meeting places for loyal Michigan The first opera took the campus by
ctudents who wished to congregate storm. It ran to packed houses fors
for Senior Songs. With the death of four nights, February 26, 27, 28, and
this custom Michigan lost, unfortu- 29, in the year 1908. The locale of
nately, some cf its old time spirit. Is the opera was decidedly collegiate, the
the student body willing to let enthus- scene of the first act being Sleepy
iasm(ie a pauper's death? Let's give loll>w, traditional meeting place for
the old spirit a funeral that will go fr mno tengtoftecp
down through the ages as the birth mation of their beloved pots. Perhaps
of a new loyalty. Let it be a recre~I the biggest hit of the Opera was
ation of a new unity and enthusiasm! "When Night Falls, Dear." Today that
If the old time fight is not doomed, song is a national college song and'
then let there be a swift renaissance! a Michigan favorite. It will live a
There must be a renaissance, for all time as a Michigan song, and cs
Michigan alumni will never forgive one of the most beautiful of collge
Michigan students if songs like the oneag
Yellow and Blue die out. ,. Robert Bazley
It wvas shortly after; the Victors ~Rbrtl~zc paid court to Har-
men on ths mret a thaemandold A. Patterson, who played the part
of the leading lady of "Michigenda"
was created for the Yellow and Blue one lding lady sf inds,"
and dlid it with such zest and in such
in sheet form. After some two or a perfect atmosphere, that the opera
three years of effort on the lpart of apretamshrta h pr
i was given an enthusiastic reception
Mrs.M. . Rot nd iththeproisethat has never been duplicated since
that the Root music house would pur-hr
chase a large edition of the song, the despite the gorgeous settings and up-
limited talent that now goes into the
publishers consentedetoptaionutmaking of the modern Michigan Union
tn sheet form for general consump- Io e',a. A week after the pouto
tion. Earl Killeen, who was an in-- ' .Ahe k at the tumtion
- n the Unvesty chool of of Alichigenda, at the first motion plc.
structor, in the Unmversity Schol of ture house in Ann Arbor, which was
Music at the time, made a solo ar- on Liberty street opposite Root's mu-
rangement with piano accompaniment,oniertyustreetowpos tlots me-
and since that time the song has been sic, house, the town was still so en-
Michigan m- thused with the success of the opera
anintgaato h that Bazicy and Patterson were corn-
sic catalog. Mr. Kelleen is now head
of the department of music at the belled to mount the stage, and with
University of Minnesota. Roy Dickinson Welch, the composer,
Gayley Penned Words at the piano, to render again a r-
The Yellow and Blue was the prod- production of "When Night Falls,
Dear." Michigenda took no road trip.
uct of Gayley's pen when he was as-
sistant professor of English at the 1Teniandm Secrond yOpera
University of Michigan, before his con- The enthusiasm created by Michl-
nection with the University of Cali- genda called for a second production.
fornia. The tune of the Yellow and Roy Dickinson Welch again came to
Blue is that of Balfe's "Pirate Chor- the front with "Culture." A new idea
us." It is inspiring in a different way was worked out this time to secure
than the Victors. It inspires awe and alumni patrons and other out of town
reverence in the minds of the eighty- guests. Post cards announcing the
five thousand or more spectators who opera were sent out in advance of the
doff their hats as the band strikes up show extending a cordial invitation


to all interested, a sorry imitation off
the opera tours of today, but neverthe-
less an effective medium for adver-
tising. Bazley and Patterson scored
again, and this time Earl V. Moore,'
present director of the University
School of Music, wrote "I Want To'
Be a Football Man," which met with
immediate success. The lyrics to the
song were written by Donald Kahn.
This opera was produced in December,
of the same year as Michigenda and,
although it did not score the smash-'
ing hit as did the first opera, its pop-
ularity grew as the song hits became
more widely known. Comic opera1
rather than musical comedy was the!
aim of the authors of"-ulture." The
songs that made the best impressions
were "A Faithful Pipe to Smoke,"'
"Wishing, Just Wishing," and "Thet
R(ose Song," the last of which owed
some of its p:opularity to its excep-
tional rendering Fly Burley Jacobs.
"Culture" completed Roy Dickinson
Welch's contributions to the operas.
Hal Stephens was the producer of the
early operas.
The next writers for ,the Michigan
operas were Earl V. Moore and Rob-
ert T. Moreland who composed the
music, and J. Fred Lawton and Don-
ald A. Kahn who wilote 'the book and
the lyrics. In 1909 the third Uni-
versity opera was produced, being call-
ed "Koanzaland." The first act was
laid in a scene on the, boulevard in
Ann Arbor and the scene of the se-
cond act divorced itself rom the 10-
cality and was laid on the banks of
the Koanza river, Koanzaland, Africa.
From a standpoint of song popularity,
Koanzaland was the outstanding opera
of those early years. Some of the
hits which have survived in the hearts
of Michigan alumni and grduates of
other schools are: "College Days,"
"Michigan Goodby," "I'm a College
Man," "Sweetheart, Good Night," and
"Under the Bohemian Moon." The
comedy song of the production wasj
"I Might," sung by E. W. Bowen.
"Crimson Chest" Next
"The Crimson Chest," in 1910, fol-
lowed Koanzaland, running for four

nights, December 14 to 17. Music
for this opera was written by Earl
V. Moore, Robert Moreland, and r-
'thur M. Fournieri book and lyrics
being produced by Arthur B. Moehl-
man, Francis L. Riordan, and J. Fred
Lawton. This was a Spanish type
of opera, the scenes being laid in the
"Republic of Gevania. Every song
of this opera was a gem, among the
most important of which was -"The
Bum Army," by Lawton and Moore,
"Take Me Back To College," "Dearest
Girl of All," and "When All the World
is Asleep." Bert St. John produced
The Crimson Chest, and successfully.
So successfully, in fact, that Michigan.
song books began to be published with
the best of the opera hits.
mately 100,000 specimens make up the
collection of South American fishes
owned by the University. This is be-
lieved to be the largest collection of
its kind in the world. ,

Paul Bunyan Of The Northwoods Visits
Campus Diagonal, But Remains Sile
Paul Bunyan, the backwoodsman away from the egg shells. Once w
who logged off the Dakotas and Michi- hauling a load-of beaus (which wa
gan, made his reappearance to the suffice for one meal) across the i
world in the form of an effigy and the load fell through the ice. There
took his stand on the diagonal yester- on Paul broke the ice, filled the
day. Paul is the partly real and part- with logs, and set fire to them. '[
ly fictitious character of lumbermen's the beans were cooked. On another
campfire tales and patron saint of casion Paul threw some sour doug
many backwoods tales. the river; this so raised the leve
As he stood on the diagonal yester- the river that a log jam was ea
day Paul Bunyan was attired in a red- floated to the mill.
checked mackinaw, blue patched pants,
land hob-nail boots. His lumberman
characteristics are borne.out in his TYPEWRTI
Qj socks, and a malicious axe. MIM7NEOGRAPJ~II
! Yet the most consuming aspect is a speclalty ft
his monstrous size, entirely 'unadapted twenty years.
to modern architecture.
Many stories are :told concerning Prompt Service, Experienced O
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